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  1. a heavy, coarse cotton in a plain weave, for grain sacks and sportswear and also finished into cretonne.
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Origin of osnaburg

1535–45; irregular after Osnabrück, known for its linen
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  1. a coarse plain-woven cotton used for sacks, furnishings, etc
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Word Origin

C16: corruption of Osnabrück, where it was originally made
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